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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCB53H3
Professor
Vanina Sztainbok
Semester
Winter

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1 What are the connections between discourse race and power Explain by referring to a specific discourse that we have studied in class and illustrate using an example from media class or your own experienceRace is socially constructed and is a product of knowledge and power Discourses are a group of statements that are made to represent particular knowledge Discourses make it possible to look at a topic in a particular way and also limit it from being viewed in certain ways Discourses operate in relation to power they are not viewed as being right or wrong but rather as effective or not Race is just a signifier as there is no real difference between humans but those that are created An example of the connection between discourse race and power is of colonialism and Africa Here the ethnic difference is used to create a power hierarchy They question the differences in the appearance of black people suggesting that they look closer to monkeys Statements about black people and their appearance is used to control the black population and giving more power to the white men This power structure is used to control the black people and justify using them as slaves 2 Using a specific example discuss how we may view racism as operating through discourses institutions and practicesDiscourse is a group of statements that are made to represent particular knowledge Discourses make it possible to look at a topic in a particular way and also limit it from being in viewed in certain other ways Halls approach says that its not just about the language but how knowledge production and structures relates to power in society He looks at how language discourse is connected to particular structures in society and how the practices are formed Example Indians portrayed in movies They are shown very different from regular people The costumes they wear and the manner in which they behave is different This way Indianness is disappearing because they are so different and people dont really see that around The practice of showing Indians as primitive is a form of racism which is produced through the vanishing Indian discourse This was seen in the movie The Proposal where Indianness was shown in its very primitive form This form does not really exist and it actually vanishes the presence of Indian by portraying them in this manner 3 Compare and contrast three sociological perspectives on race
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